TORONTO -- Ryan Fitzpatrick quickly made his expensive new contract pay off, and the Buffalo Bills finally gave their adopted -- and sometimes indifferent -- fans north of the border something big to cheer about.
Fitzpatrick hit tight end Scott Chandler for two touchdowns, and the Bills defense had nine sacks and two interceptions to batter the already injury-riddled Washington Redskins in a 23-0 win at Toronto on Sunday.
Coming out of their bye week, the Bills (5-2) matched their best start since 2008, improved to 4-0 at "home," and won a regular-season game at Toronto for the first time in four trips since the cross-border series was established in 2008.
Running back Fred Jackson continued to pile up yards, finishing with 120 yards rushing, and 74 receiving. With 1,074 yards from scrimmage, he became only the fourth Bills player to surpass 1,000 yards seven games into a season, and first since Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas in 1991.
Fitzpatrick, who signed a six-year, $59 million contract on Friday, shook off a pair of turnovers -- and a big hit from linebacker London Fletcher -- to finish 21 of 27 for 262 yards and two touchdowns.
Rookie first-round pick Marcell Dareus led Buffalo's defense with 2 1/2 sacks.
The Redskins (3-4) have lost three straight and look nothing like the team that entered its bye week at 3-1. They continue to unravel as a result of such a growing list of injuries that would put a dent into Canada's universal health care system.